Fleas

What are Fleas?

Fleas have small wings and measure 2.5mm in length. Their bodies are shiny, reddish brown and covered with microscopic hairs. They are also compressed to make it easy to move through animal fur. Although they don't have wings, fleas have strong back legs and can jump long distances.

Fleas can be considered ectoparasites, meaning that they live and feed outside their host. The only food they have is the blood of warm-blooded mammals like cats, dogs and rodents. The cat flea is the most prevalent flea in the United States. These tiny parasites, which are about the size of a grain of dirt, are very difficult to squash due to their hard bodies.

What kinds of fleas are there?

close up view of a cat flea on white background

Cat Flea

Cat fleas grow to about 1/4 inch in length. Cat fleas, which are small, dark brown or black insects, are compacted and appear compressed when viewed side-by-side.

Dog Flea

The Dog Flea is most common in European, African, and Asian and are less common in North America. They look and behave very similar to cat fleas and are often confused.

photo of a flea under a microscope

How did I get Fleas?

Flea infestations are often caused by pets, such as cats and dogs. Fleas can attach to an animal while it is outside and infest its fur and any places where it sleeps indoors. It can be hard to prevent fleas from your home and garden. Any pet owner can be vulnerable to an infest.

Find a host for blood

To survive, fleas need to have blood from a host. Fleas can become an interior problem when their host is not around. Fleas then turn their attention to other hosts within the home and feed on them. A trapping and removing a mouse from the home can be an example of this. Fleas that had previously fed on the mouse will then feed on pets and people.

What are fleas' favorite foods?

Adults are parasites which draw blood from their host. Larvae feed off organic matter, especially the feces from adult fleas. These feces contain undigested blood. Fleas prefer to eat hairy animals like:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • rabbits
  • squirrels
  • rats
  • mice
  • Domesticated animal
  • Wild animals

How do fleas to reproduce?

The eggs are not attached to their host. These are the places eggs will hatch:

  • On the ground
  • Rugs
  • Carpet
  • Bedding
  • Upholstery
  • Cracks in the floor

Most fleas hatch in two days. Learn more about the lifecycle of fleas.

How do I keep fleas away?

While exclusion is an important practice for pest control, it does not provide a significant benefit to flea control. To keep fleas out of your home, seal any cracks, gaps, or holes.

The most effective ways to keep fleas from getting inside the home is to eliminate outdoor flea habitats and outdoor hosts, plus using area-wide flea control chemical products and veterinarian-approved flea control products on pets.

  • Dog Fleas Ctenocephalides canis
  • Cat Fleas Ctenocephalides felis

If fleas become an issue, contact your local Ardent Pest Control professional to request an inspection.

How Ardent Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.

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Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

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Fleas Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Fleas dangerous?

Fleas can also be intermediate hosts for parasitic tapworms, and are capable of transmitting the disease to animals and people. Flea bites and their reactions to them are another serious concern. Flea bites usually result in a small, reddish-colored area around the flea's mouth. Flea allergy dermatitis is a condition in which animals and humans are allergic to flea saliva. This causes intense itching, which can lead to secondary infections.

Fleas can transmit diseases to humans and are a minor concern in the United States. Flea infestations can also lead to anemia in pets and other animals, which can cause weakness and illness.

Do I have a Fleas problem?

Flea problems can occur for many reasons. Here are some examples:

  • You may have seen wild animals such as deer, skunks and rabbits in your yard.
  • Fleas may have come into contact with your cat or dog while they were at the groomers, in the park, or at the campsite.
  • Fleas have infiltrated your clothing or shoes and now you are unknowingly allowing them into your home.
  • Furniture and rugs you bought for your home might have adult fleas.
  • The pet owner lived in your home before you moved in. When the environment is right, eggs can hatch from dormant and cause an infestation.

Fleas can be found in any area of your home or yard. It is crucial to contact a pest control specialist immediately and consult your veterinarian. Fleas can multiply quickly and if left untreated, a small infestation can become a major problem.

Where will I find Fleas?

Fleas live outside most of the time, living off their hosts. They hide in damp, shaded areas that are accessible to pets and other animals. The most common places for fleas to hide are in tall grass, under leaves and under shrubs. Fleas that live inside can hide behind baseboards and in cracks in floors or in rugs.

How do I get rid of Fleas?

Ardent Pest Control, a family-owned business, is the best option to eliminate fleas from your house or workplace. You can rest assured that your pest problems won't return and we offer quick response times. Our highly trained pest control specialists provide high-quality flea control services using only the best products to eradicate fleas from . Find out why Ardent Pest Control is the preferred pest control company for your neighbors. Give us a shout today!

How can I prevent Fleas in the future?

You can prevent flea problems by partnering with Ardent Pest Control. Also, you can implement the following flea prevention tips.

  • Under the supervision of a veterinarian, treat all pets with a flea preventive product.
  • Regularly bathe and groom your pets.
  • After spending time outdoors, inspect your clothes.
  • Before bringing your pet inside, make sure they are free of fleas.
  • Regular vacuuming is important, especially in the areas where pets spend most of their time.
  • Bedding for pets should be cleaned frequently.
  • Pets should not be allowed on furniture or beds.
  • Don't buy used rugs or upholstered furniture for the home.
  • Keep your grass cut.
  • Keep a stone or rock barrier in place between your yard and any wooded areas.
  • You should remove all bird and animal feeders that are attracting rodents or other wild animals from your property.

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